Yesterday, UnixWare/OpenServer vendor Xinuos filed a lawsuit within the US Virgin Islands, alleging theft of mental property and monopolistic market collusion in opposition to joint defendants IBM and Pink Hat.
If this seems like a well-known, well-worn story, it ought to. Xinuos is the corporate that bought the remnants of the SCO Group in 2011. The SCO Group, in flip, is an organization most well-known not for its precise merchandise however for its litigation in opposition to IBM and Linux. That litigation started in 2003—partially funded by a really completely different Microsoft, solely 5 years after the leak of the Halloween paperwork during which Microsoft acknowledged the “long-term viability” of open supply software program and mentioned methods to choke it out of the market.
The substance of the unique lawsuit is SCO’s declare that IBM pulled proprietary code out of SCO Unix and inserted it into the Linux kernel. The following 18 years haven’t been variety to SCO, which first filed for chapter in 2007 after which ultimately offered off its mental property (however not its litigation rights) to Xinuos, then named UnXis, in 2011.
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